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Founder & President

Being a serial entrepreneur from 1991, Mr Chandrakant Salunkhe has founded India International Trade Centre and other various organisations to support SMEs, Young Entrepreneurs and Start-ups for business growth, export promotion, imparting knowledge & education for transformation of their business activity, capacity building for global competitiveness, interface with policy makers, channelise finance & investment, joint ventures, technology transfer, setting up industries and expansion and diversification of business activities in India and Overseas.

Mr Salunkhe has been instrumental for policy change and policy implementation and taken an initiative to enhance banking finance to SME sector, advocacy for setting up SME Stock Exchange, National Skill Development Corporation, TReDS – Electronic platform for Trade Receivables, inclusion of SME sector for providing level playing field in ease of doing business facilities, identification of emerging export market for SMEs and advance technology for better productivity and quality, exclusive SME department in Maharashtra State as well as guidance to Start-ups, Young and Women Entrepreneurs for converting their business ideas into profitable venture and commercialization of inventions & innovations.

Founder of following organisations:

SME Chamber of India (Small and Medium Business Development Chamber of India)

Marathi Chamber of Business and Industries

SME Business Management Institute

SME Export Promotion Council

Start-Ups Council of India

Maharashtra Industrial and Economic Development Association (MIEDA)

Packaging Industry Association of India (PIAI)

SMEtalks Platform

SMECoach Platform

SME Technology Development Centre

SME Connect – Magazine (Registered)

India – US SME Business Council

Europe - India SME Business Council

India – GCC SME Business Council

India – Japan SME Business Council

India - China Business Council

India – Canada SME Business Council

India - UK SME Business Council


Member of RBI Governor’s Pre-Monetary Policy Review Committee from 2009.

Member of Industry and Task Force, Maharashtra, Chairmanship of Chief Minister (2002 – 2007).

Member, RBI Empowered Committee for SMEs and SLIC for various states.

Member of National Advisory Board of MSME, Government of India (2011-2013).

Board of Director of Bharat Heavy Plates and Vessels Ltd. (2002 – 2004).

Board of Director of Asia Mergers and Acquisitions Association.

Participated as the Jury of various awards selection committees formed by eminent organisations.

Participated as the Key-Note Speaker at “European SME Congress” annual conference organized by Silesian Government, Poland with European commission on             October 2016 at Katowice, Poland.

Participated as the Speaker at “World Trade Symposium” annual conference organized by Financial Times in June 2016 at London.

Pitched for Collateral free loan for Micro and Small Entrepreneurs of Rs. 2 crore from Rs. 1 crore to Hon’ble Prime minister & Finance Minister of India in 2016.

He has presented paper at G-20 Conference on SME sector at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2014.

Participated as a Key-Note Speaker at “SME Assembly” annual conference organized by European commission on November 2013 at Vilnius, Lithuania

Inaugurated the “Industrial & Commercial Bank of China” – ICBC Bank, India Branch on 15th September 2011 at Mumbai. ICBC is the world’s largest bank, with             brand value of US$ 47.8 billion the ICBC Bank ranks 13th amongst the most valuable financial brands.

Initiated “Pride of Maharashtra Awards” and “India SME Excellence Awards”.

Perusing with various State governments for providing industrial land at concessional rate for SMEs.

Perusing with Ministry of finance and Reserve bank of India to change definition of NPA and providing financial assistance at lowest rate of interest to SMEs.

Suggestions to central and various state government departments for considering special support and exemption to SME sector in ease of doing business process             and formalities.

Recommendation for the financial support for SME sector for participating in international exhibitions through Canara bank and launched this facility on 16th             September 2014 at Mumbai in the presence of Hon’ble Union Minister for Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises.

Recommendation and instrumental for setting up SME Stock Exchange during the tenure of Mr C B Bhave, as the Chairman, Securities and Exchange Board of India             (SEBI) in 2010.

Recommendation and instrumental for setting up National Skill Development Corporation with Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning             commission of India in 2009.

Organised SME & Entrepreneurship Awards function in the presence of Hon’ble Deputy Prime Minister Mr Lalkrishna Advani on 1st May, 2003 at New Delhi.

Organised SME & Entrepreneurship function in the presence of Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 1st May, 2002 at New Delhi for MSME sector

Recommended to the Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hon’ble Prime Minister in 2002 for Policy change and definition of Small Scale Industrial sector and to create new             MSME Act.

Being a Chairman of Law & Order of “Federation of Association of Maharashtra”, took the initiative to improve deteriorated law and order situation of Mumbai and             organised confidence building activities amongst businessmen, industrialist and traders on 17th November, 1998.

Active involvement in organising “Advantage Maharashtra” the first ever investment event along with Government of Maharashtra in 1996 at Mumbai.

Frequently travelling to USA, Canada, UK, Israel, various European Countries, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Turkey, Malaysia,             Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Singapore, Bahrain, UAE, South Africa, Oman, Mauritius, Qatar, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and GCC Countries.

Mr Salunkhe has contributed as the member on various Government Committees, Study Groups, Sub-Committees and Panels to give inputs on Industry, Finance             and SME Sector.

Mr Chandrakant Salunkhe has founded Macro Group of Companies in 1991 at Mumbai which is involved in Manufacturing Packaging Machines & Equipments, Distributorship and Marketing of Capital Goods, Industrial Products and providing support to the industries from Food Processing, Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, FMCG and allied processing sectors for setting / transforming / developing packaging unit, upgradation of technology, development of processing system as well as IT enabled services, International Marketing and Promotional activities.

Founder of Macro Group of Companies:

Salunkhe Packaging Pvt. Ltd.

Salunkhe Exports Pvt. Ltd

Macro Corporate Services Pvt. Ltd.

Geoptech Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Bricks Marketing and Promotion Pvt. Ltd.

Macro Events & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd.